Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Poems for kids

'As the most bodily of literary forms, poetry appeals to children. It also has a certain appeal for adults who read to children. For one thing, good writing in verse helps make one a more amusing or engaging reader vocally: The rhythms effectively coach us to read aloud well. Such bodily appeal should not entail hamminess or indicate intellectual or moral condescension; good verses don't need to be artificially sweetened.' Poetry editor Robert Pinsky at Slate gives us some good examples of what he's talking about, both written and spoken: Link.

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